1941 Born Melbourne, Australia.

EDUCATION
1959 – 62 Diploma of Art (Painting), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne
1966 – 68 Taught in Art Department, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne
1977 Artist in Residence, Monash University, Melbourne
1980 – 83 Part-time lecturer (painting) Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
1982 Travel grant, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council
1984 – 85 Part time lecturer (painting) Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
1985 Travelled to Italy and France.
1985 Member of the University of Melbourne Arts Committee.
1985 Member of Council, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
1996 Artist in residence (Macgregor Fellow.) The University of Melbourne

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1969 Bronython Gallery, Sydney
1970 Strines Gallery, Melbourne
1973 Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne
1973 Chandler Coventry Gallery, Sydney
1974 Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane
1976 Abraxas Gallery, Canberra
1976 Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne
1977 Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane
1977 Lesley Dumbrell – Paintings and Studies 1966 – 77, Monash University, Melbourne
1978 Gallery A, Sydney
1979 Powell St Gallery, Melbourne
1980 Gallery A, Sydney
1981 Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane
1982 Axiom Gallery, Melbourne
1984 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1985 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1987 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1989 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1989 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1990 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1991 Bangkok Series. Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1993 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1997 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1999 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1999 Shades of Light: Lesley Dumbrell 1971 – 1999, The Ian Potter Museum of Art
2005 Annandale Galleries, Sydney
2008 New Works, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne
2010 Lesley Dumbrell, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne
2017  Meridians, Gallery H, Bangkok Thailand

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1974 Moravian International, Bethlehem, USA
1975 A Room of One’s Own, Ewing & George Paton Galleries, The University of Melbourne
1976 Six Women Painters, travelling to regional Galleries
1977 Australian Colourists 77, WAIT (Curtain University), Perth
1978 Some recent Acquisitions of Australian Art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1981 Works on Paper, Cunningham-Ward, New York
1981 Australian Perspecta ’81, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1982 Betty Cunningham, New York
1982 The Seventies: Works from the Collection of the National Australia Bank, NGV
1983 A Melbourne Mood: Cool Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1984 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1985 Abstract Art in Australia, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne
1985 The Mosaic, the Grid, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1985 Surface for Reflection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1986 Colour and Transparency: Lesley Dumbrell, Robert Jacks and Victor Majzner
1986 Galleria Cavalino, Venice, Italy
1986 Backlash: The Australian Drawing Revival, 1976-1986, National Gallery of Victoria
1986 Watercolour in the Eighties, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1986 A Resistant Spirit, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1986 Realities, Melbourne
1986 Geometric Abstraction, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
1987 Four Australian Artist, Gillian Jason Gallery, London
1988 From the Southern Cross, Art Gallery of New South Wales and MGV
1988 Drawing in Australia: 1770s to 1880’s, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1989 Jack Manton Exhibition, Queensland Art Gallery
1993 Art Asia, Hong Kong Convention Centre, Hong Kong
1995 Works on Paper, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1997 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria
1998 Geometric Painting in Australia 1941 – 1997, University Art Museum, Brisbane
2002 The Legacy of Op Art in Australia, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
2002 Towards Colour, McClelland Gallery, Melbourne
2003 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award, Federation Square, National Gallery of Victoria
2003 Annandale Galleries, Sydney
2003 Abstraction III, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
2004 Imagining the Apple, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Victoria
2007 The Summer Exhibition, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne
2009 The Winter Collectors’ Exhibition 2009, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne
2010 The Summer Salon 2010, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne
2011-12 Conversations, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne
2015  After 65, The Legacy of Op, LaTrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria
2017 Abstraction: Celebrating Australian Women Abstract Artists.  A touring exhibition by the National Gallery of Australia.

AWARDS
1977 Georges Invitation Award
1979 Camden Municipal Art Festival Award
1979 Georges Invitation Prize
1980 R.M Ansett Hamilton Art Award
1983 Alice Prize, Northern Territory